Friday October 30, 2020
Halloween is almost here! As parents during these unprecedented times, it is expected that you have a lot of questions regarding safety this year. We want you to be able to give the kids a Halloween they won’t forget while keeping them as safe as possible. Here is our list of socially spaced Halloween festivities, including pumpkin carving, costumes, and of course, candy!
🎃 Pumpkin Decorating Contest
A pumpkin-carving contest brings a competitive edge to Halloween, while still maintaining proper physical distancing. Set up stations in the backyard with a pumpkin, glue, glitter, googly eyes, and all of the supplies your kids and their friends will need to decorate their spooky pumpkins. Make sure to have them give their gourds a funny name and the competition is on!
👻 Spooky Movie Night
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A spooky movie night might just be the best way to spend your Halloween this year! Make these Jack Skellington candy apples, grab some of the kids’ favorite treats, and snuggle up for an epic movie night filled with the same spooks and delicious treats as any other Halloween before. Some family-friendly movies to watch are Hocus Pocus, Twitches, Monster House, and Scooby-Doo.
🕸 Decorate the Yard
Turn to decorate the yard into a fun family weekend activity. Grab cobwebs, pumpkins, ghosts, tombstones, fog machines, and black lights for a front yard photoshoot backdrop and neighborhood must-see. Go with a theme like A Nightmare Before Christmas, a ghost haunting, or a skeleton boneyard.
🧛🏻 Mask Your Costume
There isn’t a better time to incorporate a mask into your look than Halloween! For any Halloween festivities this year, consider costumes that already have masks in the style guide. For example, a superhero and doctor already wear masks and are great options for the kids who want to blend their masks into their costumes. Get creative with it and enjoy the challenge of finding the perfect mask for your kids’ costume.
Reminder: A costume mask is not a substitute for a protective face covering unless it has three layers of padding for filtration.
🧙🏾♀️ Outdoor Costume Showcase
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Of course, what is Halloween without showing off your favorite new costume? Host a backyard or neighborhood park costume showcase where the kids can share their costumes with each other, take pictures, and exchange some of their favorite candies. As always, make sure to wipe down your child’s candy when you get home, and maintain proper hand sanitation and cleansing if passing out any candy.
🍬 Create a Candy Chute
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Lastly for the parents out there, make a candy chute or slide for candy delivery. It is fun for the kids to line up for their candy delivery, and keeps you at a safe distance from the trick-or-treaters. Check out the full article here to see how this Cincinnati dad made the chute in 20 minutes!
And those are the tips for this week, folks! We hope this gives you a start to creating a festive Halloween environment at home for your kids this year. Together we can create new traditions and make memories until we reach our next normal. Have a safe and spooky Halloween!